OXFORD, Miss. – Following a no-hit performance by junior pitcher Carly Hummel on Tuesday, the Ole Miss softball team will head south to Starkville, Miss., this weekend to take on Mississippi State in a three-game series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. CT.
“Mississippi State is a quality team that has been to regionals quite a bit the past few years,” Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. “We’re looking forward to finally hitting our stride and really turning a corner as a team. I look forward to this team continuing to build and move forward.”
Friday’s series opener will be televised by ESPNU and can also be seen on WatchESPN.com. Holly Rowe and Garland Cooper will be on the call. Saturday and Sunday’s games will each begin at 1 p.m. CT.
Ole Miss (21-23, 2-13 Southeastern Conference) is coming off an 8-0 (5) win Tuesday over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in which Hummel pitched the fourth no-hitter in program history and struck out a season-high 10 batters. Freshman first baseman Madi Osias led the Rebels at the plate by going 3-3 with three runs, two RBI and a pair of doubles. In the last two games combined, both Ole Miss victories, Osias is 5-7 with four runs, five RBI, one home run and two doubles.
Among players with 50 or more at bats this season, sophomore third baseman Allison Brown leads the Rebels with a .339 batting average, 43 hits and 35 RBI. Brown also leads the SEC with 14 doubles. Junior outfielder RT Cantillo leads Ole Miss with five home runs and a team-high .436 on base percentage.
In the circle, Hummel (10-13) has pitched a team-high 115.1 innings and 96 strikeouts this season. Fellow junior Shelby Jo Fenter is second on the team with 77.0 innings pitched and 76 strikeouts.
Defensively, Ole Miss continues to lead the SEC and the country with a .984 fielding percentage, committing just 17 errors in 44 games, and multiple errors in a game just once.
Mississippi State (24-14, 3-9 SEC) enters Friday’s series opener coming off a 6-5 win on the road at No. 3 Florida. It was MSU’s first win over a top-three ranked opponent since 2002. In conference action, Mississippi State has home wins over LSU and Auburn, in addition to its win Sunday over Florida.
Junior infielder/catcher Logan Foulks leads Mississippi State at the plate, batting .350 with a team-high 10 home runs. Junior Alison Owen is the Bulldogs’ top pitcher. Owen (13-6) holds a 1.68 ERA, throwing 183 strikeouts in 133.2 innings of work.
Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more
With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review April 7-13, 2015 Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (18-18) as well as 7-8 in SEC play. After dropping a... read more
The baseball team claimed claimed their second series of the second over the nation's top-ranked team in dramatic fashion. The football team wrapped up spring practice. And the men's and women's tennis teams closed out their respective regular seasons and... read more
At one point, co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner said, all three quarterbacks had completed around 66 percent of their passes, a testament to how close the competition has been this spring. Going into the Grove Bowl, Freeze said one had a... read more
Former Ole Miss head coach Billy Brewer almost did not sign Chucky Mullins, whose memory has been honored with the Chucky Mullins Courage Award. Nate Wayne, a four-year letterman for the Rebels and the 1997 recipient of the award, who... read more
#RebelNation here are the Red and Blue rosters for tomorrow's Regions Bank Grove Bowl. See you there! pic.twitter.com/FZptUEkW4P-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) April 10, 2015 Three areas to watch as Ole Miss splits into two teams for the annual Regions... read more
Junior cornerback Tee Shepard's story has been well-documented. Shepard is hearing impaired, but since he has arrived at Ole Miss, he has been the beneficiary of new hearing technology that has allowed him to hear sounds, such as a coach's... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2015Baseball - Ole Miss finished the week with a 2-2 mark to remain a .500 overall record for the season (16-16). - The Rebels claimed a midweek victory over Memphis before dropping... read more